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15th June 2023

Training the next generation of journalists

We’re excited to be partnering with the National Council for Training of Journalists (NCTJ) on a new scheme aimed at helping hundreds of young people from disadvantaged backgrounds into careers in journalism.

The scheme sets out to encourage 14-to-18-year-olds from disadvantaged backgrounds and lower social economic groups to enter the field of journalism and to ensure the next generation of journalists is more representative of the wider population.

As part of our commitment, the College will be supporting 25 young people, showing there are alternative routes into journalism other than university and how journalism can be a creative, rewarding, challenging, and exciting career path.

Our school of journalism already boasts an impressive track record of preparing journalists in their early careers, with graduates going on to secure impressive roles in the industry including working with the BBC, ITV, The Metro, The Independent, and many others.


Sally Nugent, Presenter for BBC Breakfast


The College has proudly taught journalists for over 30 years and offers the only stand-alone course in Merseyside to be officially accredited by The National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ).

The NCTJ is the oldest and most established journalism qualification in the UK and remains the industry standard for those looking to break into the industry.

Our Level 5, 18-week fast track diploma course is industry recognised, includes guaranteed work experience with a local newsroom, features guest lectures and is taught by expert tutors, making it the only course you need to become a qualified multimedia journalist.


Caoimhe O’Neill, LFC Writer for The Athletic


One of last year’s students, Conal Cunningham, was awarded with the Newsquest essential journalism prize, for achieving some of the best results in the country.

Whether you’re interested in sports, music, local issues, business, or national broadcast, the NCTJ Level 5 Diploma delivers it all and includes training in media law, public affairs, shorthand, video journalism and more.

The NCTJ diploma is an excellent route for graduates who want a career in journalism or is a great alternative to university for those who are aged over 18.

Some of our graduates include:

Sally Nugent, Presenter for BBC Breakfast

Jess Phillips, Senior Showbiz Reporter for the Daily Star

Richard Hartley-Parkinson, Executive Editor at Metro UK

Robert Goulding, Reporter for the Warrington Guardian

Steve Graves, Executive Editor Digital at Liverpool Echo

James McNeill, Reporter for the Liverpool Echo

Sara O’Hara, Reporter for the Daily Star

Caoimhe O’Neill, LFC Writer for The Athletic

Remy Greasley, Reporter for the Liverpool Echo

Matt Jones, Sports Writer and Podcaster at the Blue Room

Partick Boyland, Everton FC Writer for The Athletic

If you’re looking to pursue a career in the media, our Journalism School is a great place to start.

To find out more about our fast-track NCTJ accredited course starting in September, click here.

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